Dirk Kruse

Consultant and teacher: differentiated mental observation of nature; spiritual organisational development; inspirational hikes and educational trail to Sense Perception.

Born in Bochum in 1958, Dirk has been involved in the founding of various projects and institutions from an early age, such as youth centres, the Öko-Institut, village reform, Waldorf, social therapy and youth facilities. He has been active as a social therapist for 18 years, and since 1995 he has also been internationally active as an organisational consultant and seminar leader. He has developed methods for ‘psychological observation’, ‘spiritual organisation development’ and many meditative and natural methods of organising and biodynamic farm development.



Dirk Kruse is known for:

  • Psychological observation, differentiated into several stages of imagination, inspiration and intuition
  • Courses in Spiritual Organizational Development
  • Differentiated mental observation in the course of the year and in social processes
  • ‘Inspiration migration’ as a form of walking meditation
  • National culture research in different countries

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Manfred Schleyer

Researcher of the action of forces in nature and technology, in particular on water as a mediator of the etheric and the living. Biologist, educator, Head of the Institute of Flow Science.

Born in 1961 in Essen, Germany, Manfred studied biology, with a focus on micro- and molecular biology. He taught Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science. He has been at the Institute of Flow Science in Herrischried since 2007, researching water quality and its effect on organisms, development processes and shape formation. He works with the rational image research of Dorian Schmidt, and is a member of the Society for Educational Research, a group of active image explorers.





His seminar will explore water questions, the works of the etheric and perception of the effects of the forces, and meditation.

His current research questions are the co-operation of spiritual forces in nature and man during the course of the year, particularly with water as an intermediary.


Gunter Gebhard

See with Goethe’s eyes – the plants, the elements, the starry sky

“Observing nature skillfully:
First, let it penetrate your inner being
Then find it again in the world around you;
That is how nature can deeply teach you.”

“I have always asked myself, is it I, or is it the object which expresses itself in me.”

Both of these quotes from Goethe express a completely different way of knowing. In our usual scientific approach, we consider things in a detached way in order to think about them. Goethe educates his soul so that he can remain in contemplation, and the self-expressed is self-evident, or in other words: we learn to think from the things themselves.

In thinking this way we come to meaning, and a growing understanding of the essential activity in the world.

To describe this path of Goethe, to practice it and to use it in everyday perceptions is Gunter’s main concern for the summer weeks.


Martin Hollerbach

Farmer at the Dottenfelderhof.

Martin grew up in Frankfurt am Main (1950) as one of five children. After training as an engineer, he spent some time on the bank staff at Ruhr hospital and on an internship at the Dottenfelderhof for agricultural studies in Giessen, where he gained a diploma. Since 1978 he has worked as a farmer at the Dottenfelderhof. His first responsibility was the cowshed: from there he went on to work in administration, construction, renovation and last marketing. For many years he has undertaken intensive work in the area of image research. He is jointly responsible for the university work in the in Frankfurt Main branch of the anthroposophical society.

In this respect, biologically dynamic and agricultural topics are the focus of his work. But again and again, he finds questions arising about the impact of technology on human nutrition and culture.

In the seminar, we will elaborate the fundamentals of image research and will deal with the perception of the biologically dynamic preparations. In addition, we will turn to close observation of trees as an important theme.


Other Contributors

Andreas Delor

Andreas Delor is a Waldorf teacher, researcher and experimental musician who, through music, seeks contact with nature and its nature.

He has been conducting extensive studies on the Atlantis puzzle and the early history of mankind for decades, in order to better understand our own time. In interviews, he brings various spiritual researchers into relationship with one another, based on the latest scientific findings, on the other hand, different from Steiner’s anthroposophical results. Thus, a path through the thickets of existing Atlantis research has emerged, with ever new insights and perspectives. With the protocol of an intensive knowledge-based process, they have surpassed themselves in the 7-volume book series, edited by Andreas: ‘Atlantis – from the Latest Perspective and Science Perspective’ (Ch Möllmann Publishing House).

His contribution to the summer weeks is not a separate course, but is coordinated with the course leaders to enriches shared perception, especially in the second week.

Andreas says:
“I would like to offer in Jotunheim, together with others, a perceptive work on the tremendous character of Sigge / Sigurd / Siegfried – who was responsible in the Lemurian era for the man who was the Saurier (Siegfrieds Drachenkampf) and the human beings who made it possible to experience an ‘I’. In the year 2000 bc. He was incarnated as ‘Sigge’ in Scandinavi, where he found the Nordic ‘Drotten Mysteries’ and encountered Iceland (as described in the Edda) of the Wölwa; who appeared as a ‘Siegfried zu Worms’ around 400 AD, and in the 9th century as the Gawan described by Wolfram von Eschenbach, who defeated the black-magician Klingsor in southern Italy; and not least his presence and task in the 20th and 21st centuries by his appearance in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as ‘Aragorn’ and at the same time as ‘Frodo’ (the ‘little Siegfried’ in each of us).

Siegfried plays an ever-increasing role in the present, especially with regard to the ever-clearer incarnation of Ahriman. He is a fighter of Odin (in the Lord of the Rings: Gandalf), and responsible for the surmounting (the dragon fight) of modern man.

The Lord of the Rings is Siegfried’s invitation to modern mankind not to evade, but to face, the death passages – that is to say, the thresholds – which everyone today must pass through – it is the awareness that the salvation of the world from every ‘ little person’(Hobbit):” If you find no way out, nobody will find him”. These threshold experiences, however, are the expression of the ‘breaking-up’ of the ‘new clairvoyant’, for which Odin’s ‘son’ Widar is responsible – Odin, who was killed and resurrected again: in the Lord of the Rings Gandalf falls into the abyss, overcomes the Balrog (the Fenriswolf), dies, and resurrects as ‘Gandalf the White’ (Widar).

Especially in Norway, where Sigge founded the Northern Drotten Mysteries, where Gawan was born as the son of the Norwegian king, Lot, it is necessary to try to perceive the tremendous individuality of the Siegfried in the mythologically contested Jotunheim; to be able to connect with his mission the more intimately. (That this is nothing whatsoever to do with neo-Jewish or even right-wing radical cults cannot be over-emphasised).


Marianne Kleimann Sevåg

Passionate about education: school founder, nursery teacher, teacher in higher education, coach in adult education – at all ages, Marianne is enthusiastic about personal development.

She has written noteworthy articles, and a book, on the subjects of early schooling and play. Marianne is also active as consultant, translator and managing director of Baldron. Her particular passion is for the invisible essence of nature – see also her translations of the books Elementarwesen Schule (‘Elementary School’) and Die Gaben der Bienen (‘The Gifts of the Bees’) by Karsten Massai. Perhaps it is her Sami ancestors from northern Norway who put the deep connection with the Norwegian landscape into her blood…?



Raphael Kleimann

Raphael Kleimann (Oslo, Norway) is the initiator of the Summer Weeks of spiritual ecology.

His main focus is on the harmonious development of mental abilities, especially with the Baldron MistleTree Essences he has developed. At his healing practice in Oslo and on his travels in Europe, he integrates the transformational power of flower and light therapy with intuitive test methods and scientifically based environmental medicine: discharge, shielding and building biology counselling, especially radiation and light pollution. In addition, he cultivates contact with living nature through biodynamic horticulture and tree care. His work is directed at physicians and healers, educators and professional flower-essence therapists – but above all for all weary people who are looking for ‘strength in permeability’.

Raphael gives lectures and runs courses in English, German, French and Italian and, of course, Norwegian, focusing on biographical healing with mistletoe, wireless humanity, light biology and Manichaeism.
Youtube: BaldronTV


Trond Skaftnesmo

Biologist, pedagogue, science philosopher with contemporary commitment

Trond, born in 1959, is a graduate of nature conservation from Norway’s Environmental and Life Sciences University, and holds a major chair in philosophy at the University of Oslo. He has written several books in the field of biology / philosophy, including Freedom’s Biology (2000), Genparadigmet’s Case (2005) and Consciousness and Brain (2009), as well as two books in the field of science and science: Evidence-Based (2013) and Cartesian Captivity (2015). His most recent book (2016) was the essay collection Alle Ting Taler (‘All Things Speak’).


ABOUT THE NEW BOOK Evolusjonens Kilder (‘Sources of Evolution’)

Does evolution have a goal? Does it have any meaning? These questions are not explicitly answered in our textbooks, but the implication is ‘no’. If evolution has a purpose, and in that sense has an opinion, we would expect it to appear in certain trends in the development of life. Sources of Evolution reveals and discusses these obvious – though somewhat neglected – megatrends. Four drivers or sources of evolution are explained, which relate to each of the four aspects of time: past, present, future and the eternal now. In summary, a holistic image of evolution emerges that integrates Darwin’s theory with a spiritual dimension.


Morten Stene

Artistic contributions, improvisations and exercises

Morten is a trained musician with the violin as his first instrument, and master’s degrees in musicology and pedagogy. He has extensive experience as a performing musician, conductor and music teacher. The basis for his educational work is his own experience of music as interpersonal energy, and how it can both challenge and encourage us on our developmental path. He collects musical inspiration from all corners of the world and most genres, including improvisation. Morten’s work is all about sharing his enthusiasm for music, as people come together to play and sing, together or individually, in a creative and artistic process.




Fanny Parow Knill

Fanny Parow Knill graduated in 1993 from the Artemis School of Speach and Drama in England, with a Goethean diploma.

Since her graduation, she has accumulated a wide range of work experience, including as a language teacher, in theatre, as a storyteller and also as a logopedic therapist for children, adolescents and adults. She has also contributed to many artistic programs as a narrator, actress and director.

She has taught at, among others, the Waldorf School in Tromsø, the Rudolf Steiner College in Oslo and the Eurythmy College in Oslo. For several years now, she has been working as a freelance artist, realizing art projects, and giving courses and individual lessons.

Fanny is also a kinesiologist and energetic healer. She receives clients both in her own practice in Nesodden, and at the Baldron premises in Oslo. Since her studies in England she has had a special interest in Nordic language and Nordic verse, including their effects on the human organism.

In her summer course session, she will deepen these questions in group work – through interaction and dialogue with nature, the source of her inspiration.


Marianne Tvedt

Eurythmy Funding in The Hague (1989), later Eurythmy Therapy (1997) and Vitaleurythmy (2016), and Masters in Pedagogy (Oslo, 2013).

Marianne taught at a Waldorf school for 19 years, from kindergarten to high school. Since 2007 she has been a teacher, and since 2011 a director, at the Norwegian Eurythmy College. During 2016-2017 she was a group leader at a Waldorf kindergarten.

Currently, Marianne holds thtvedt courses in Vitaleurythmie – ‘attention to the present means fullness in the movement.’ Waldorf schools, from kindergarten to advanced level, 2013


Gill Coombs

Gill Coombs has a 15 year background as leadership consultant, facilitator, mediator and coach.

Passionate about humanity’s relationship with the natural world, she has a masters’ degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, where teachers included Henri Bortoft and Rupert Sheldrake. From her research emerged her book Hearing our Calling, published by Floris in 2014. Through talks, residential workshops, writing and her 1:1 ‘soul coaching’/counselling practice – in person and via Skype – she supports people in finding and manifesting their unique gifts to the world. Gill stood as Totnes Green Party parliamentary candidate in 2015, and is a trustee at Hawkwood College, UK.


Dana Tomasino

With twenty years research experience in the psychophysiology of emotions and the heart’s role in consciousness, Dana Tomasino has authored numerous publications on heart–brain interactions and the heart’s involvement in cognition, emotion, intuition, and energetic communication.

Formerly as a researcher at the Institute of HeartMath in the U.S. and currently as Co-Director of Aorangi Moana Sanctuary and the Center for Advanced Research (CFAR) in Northland, New Zealand, Dana seeks to integrate science and spirituality to help evolve individual and planetary consciousness. She is a Heart Intelligence facilitator, providing heart-based tools and technologies to optimize health and performance and support emotional, intuitive, and spiritual development.